Simon Abkarian

Simon Abkarian

Highest Rated: 100% Someone, Somewhere (2019)

Lowest Rated: 29% Overdrive (2017)

Birthday: Mar 5, 1962

Birthplace: Gonesse, France

French-Armenian actor Simon Abkarian garnered the most attention in his career with his portrayal of Armenian-American painter Arshile Gorky in Armenian-Canadian director Atom Egoyan's "Ararat." Though the film is largely about the Armenian genocide in Turkey, its subject matter is more about the ways truth is represented within or through art. In 2004, Abkarian played a Lebanese Muslim chef who has an affair with an Irish-American microbiologist, played by Joan Allen, in the expressionist art house film "Yes." "Casino Royale," a James Bond film, helped Abkarian gain even more international and mainstream exposure; he played a Greek contractor for the main villain, Le Chiffre, and his international crime organization, in opposition to James Bond, played by Daniel Craig. The following year, Abkarian, along with notable international actors Catherine Deneuve and Chiara Mastroianni, voiced the main characters in the animated French-language version of "Persepolis," based on Marjane Satrapi's graphic-novel memoir about growing up during the Iranian Revolution. Mastroianni played Marjane, while Deneuve and Abkarian played her mother and father. Though the film was well received, Sean Penn took over the role of the father in the English version of the film, so unfortunately Abkarian's work was obscured in countries that didn't show the French version. In "The Army of Crime," Abkarian had the lead role as Armenian exile Missak Manouchian, poet and founder of a communist resistance group in the French Resistance during the Nazi occupation of France.

Highest rated movies

Someone, Somewhere
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
The Wedding Song
Casino Royale
The Army of Crime
When the Cat's Away...
Almost Peaceful
The Cut




No Score Yet 37% Restless Marelli (Character) - 2022
100% 78% Someone, Somewhere L'épicier (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Audition Philippe Bronsky (Character) - 2019
88% 87% The Swallows of Kabul Atiq (Voice) - 2019
52% 37% The Eavesdropper Gerfaut (Character) - 2017
29% 27% Overdrive Jacomo Morier (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 92% Djam Kakourgos (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 71% Don't Tell Me the Boy Was Mad Hovannès Alexandrian (Character) - 2015
40% 81% 1915 Simon (Character) $43.8K 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pseudonym Monsieur (Character) - 2014
60% 66% The Cut Krikor (Character) $28.1K 2014
100% 81% Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Elisha Amsallem (Character) $987.8K 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Colt 45 Unknown (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 34% Angelique L'avocat François Desgrez (Character) - 2013
76% 65% Zarafa Hassan (Voice) - 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Force Jimi Weiss (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 28% Tete De Turc Unknown (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Turk's Head Le veuf (Character) - 2010
88% 68% The Army of Crime Missak Manouchian (Character) $35.4K 2009
38% 40% Rage Merlin (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet 7 Days Eliyau (Character) - 2008
94% 75% The Wedding Song Raoul (Character) $30.8K 2008
No Score Yet 81% Khamsa Le père (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 45% Secrets of State Al Barad (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 22% Trivial Pierre (Character) - 2007
96% 92% Persepolis Dad (Voice) $4.4M 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ben Barka Affair Oufkir (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Armenia Sarkis Arabian (Character) - 2006
94% 90% Casino Royale Dimitrios (Character) $167.0M 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Serpent Sam (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 40% Gamblers Sahak (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 53% Zaina, Rider of the Atlas Omar (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet In Your Dreams Wilson (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Saw Ben Barka Get Killed Mehdi Ben Barka (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 29% To Take a Wife Eliahou (Character) - 2004
52% 74% Yes He (Character) $396.0K 2004
No Score Yet 62% Not for or Against Lecarpe (Character) - 2003
55% 71% Ararat Arshile Gorky (Character) $1.6M 2002
34% 27% The Truth About Charlie Lieutenant Dessalines (Character) $5.3M 2002
73% 68% Almost Peaceful M. Albert (Character) $105.9K 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Aram Aram (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bat Out of Hell Simon (Character) - 1997
88% 77% When the Cat's Away... Carlos (Character) $1.8M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Time Has Come Unknown (Character) - 1994


No Score Yet No Score Yet Playground The Father (Character) 2017